College Coach Patricia Summitt
Tennessee Lady Volunteers: Patricia Summitt (Coach)
Eight months after receiving the diagnosis of early-onset dementia, Patricia Summitt stepped down as the head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols after 38 years. During her tenure, she won more games than any coach in NCAA college basketball history of either a men’s or women’s team in any division. Under Summitt, the Lady Vols won eight championships and over 1000 games. She also had a record of 63-4 as an international coach and led the U.S. team to Olympic gold in 1984. President Obama awarded Summitt the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year to commemorate her extraordinary lifetime achievement. To many, she was more than a coach, she was a mentor to women in sports. Tennessee was not prepared to fill that role. Summitt is remembered as one of the greatest college coaches of any sport, of any gender, of any generation.